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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 


The Traveller (Halloween 

Written By: EIIBo 


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With a premade body suit, the addition of some chiffon, netting and a few fabric-covered 
foam balls, you can have a fun Ghostbusters-themed costume that just needs a bit of 
makeup to tie it together. 

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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 1 — Get a body suit as the base of the costume 

• This takes a lot of the hard work out of this costume - this is a formfitting outfit, and trying 
to sew stretchy material will be quite a challenge. 

• Try searching for ballet or dance supplies (unitard / body suit) to match your size. 

• The important part is that the body suit should completely cover your arms and 

♦ In the second picture, the costume is almost complete, but this should give you an idea of 
the sort of body suit you're looking for to start with. 

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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 2 — Gather materials 




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• Foam Balls 

• Usually sold as Christmas 
ornaments in craft stores - get a 
couple of different sizes ranging 
from 1/2" to 2" diameter. 

• Shiny fabric 

• You want it to be 
metallic/glittery, and stretchy, 
since you'll be wrapping the 
foam balls with these. In this 
project I use silver lame. 

Sheer fabric 

• Pastel colored (iridescent for 
best effect). Here I used 
chiffon. If you can find 
iridescent chiffon, you may not 
need the multiple colors. 

• Light-weight netting with multiple 
hole sizes and color. I used a 
small-hole sliver metallic and a 
large-hole white glitter. 

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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 3 — Cut foam balls 

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• Take at least 3-dozen of the foam 
balls, and cut them cleanly in half. 

• You might find a cutting board and 
serrated knife handy. 

• BE CAREFUL. The foam 
can cut very easily or 
skitter away, and you could slip. 

• Use more of the smaller sized balls 
than the big ones - they create a 
better textured effect. 


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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 4 — Cut Fabric and Wrap the Foam Balls 

• Cut the silver lame into shapes large enough to wrap around the edges of the foam 

• The back doesn't have to be pretty - stitch the corners of the fabric to each other, pulling it 
taut as you go, one corner at a time. Pull the fabric nice and snug so that you have a 
smooth metallic dome. 

# Make sure you knot your stitches really well. This is what holds the balls to the 
outfit and if the knots fail, the balls will fall off. 

• Take some of the wrapped balls, and re-wrap them with the chiffon for some variety. 


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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 5 — Sew silver balls to body suit 

• They should follow curvy S-patterns around the entire body. Mix sizes as you go. 

• Do this on the suit as its being worn - otherwise you run the risk of binding, 
wrinkling or tearing the fabric when it is worn. 

• Sew each ball individually, knot it off and move on to the next one. 

• If you sew multiple balls in single line / stitch, the suit will probably not stretch 
correctly, and you'll tear it putting it on. 

• Don't just sew the foam to the suit - make sure you are sewing fabric on the balls to the 
body suit. 

• Pull up a corner of the body suit, pull the needle through the fabric and make a good 
knot. Now you can pull the body suit away from the body while you sew. Pull up the 
body suit for every stitch so the wearer does not become a pin cushion. 

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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 6 — Sew layers of fabrics over the suit 

• The goal is to add a shimmering, ghostly texture to the entire outfit. 

• Interleave layers of chiffon and netting around the entire body - make sure to drape over 
the silver balls as you go. 

• As you go, tack down the fabric with simple stitches and knots. 

• The fabric should be mostly form-fitting - keep it close to the body with frequent 
stitches/knots. It should not billow or hang. 

• Again, do this with the costume being worn to make sure it looks and feels right. 


Step 7 — Check fit and wearability 

• Have the wearer take off / put on the costume a few times to make sure nothing pulls or 

• Look for any weird or bare spaces and fill them in with additional material as you prefer. 

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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 

Step 8 — Hair and Makeup 

• This costume needs some ghostly makeup to really bring it together! 

• Black eyeshadow - above the eyes and along the nose, cheekbones and forehead/temple 

• Light foundation, with fine powder glitter for glow. 

• Short, spiked hair - if you have long hair, pull it up in a ponytail and frizz the heck out of it 
straight up. Lots of hairspray. 

• Red designer contacts if you like. 

• Be sure to check the film for your inspiration. Dont forget that you need strut and 
attitude to pull it off! 


Fun costume with no sewing machine needed, but you do need lots of time for hand-sewing all 
the parts together. 

st generated on 2012-11-03 02:35:19 AM. 

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